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Autumn Celebration

Written by EmmaK. Posted in ES Library

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Have I mentioned that I love Autumn? The weather is changing here in Barcelona with a beautiful blue sky almost every day and the temperature starting to get a little cooler.  It’s the perfect time to snuggle up with a great Autumn Celebration book from our ES Library.  Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite Halloween and Thanksgiving read alouds and chapter book recommendations with you.

Primary

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – This is a fun read where a not-so-scary witch picks up some friends after losing her hat. The book has charming  illustrations and it’s a perfect length for primary students.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams – This book has been around a long time. I can remember reading it when I was a young girl. Several items of clothing are chasing the little old lady, but she isn’t afraid. She eventually finds a clever use for them as well!  Students are delighted by the sound effects that each object makes!

Clifford’s Halloween by Norman Bridwell – Who doesn’t love Clifford? Clifford wants to dress up for Halloween, so his friend Emily Elizabeth helps him with a costume. Things don’t go exactly as planned, though. A great book to share with Kindergarten and 1st grade students.

Upper Elementary Grades

The Monster’s Ring by Bruce Coville – I love this story about a boy who is given a magical ring and uses it to turn himself into a monster, in order to protect himself from a bully. What seems to be a great idea at first glance turns into a big problem: how will Russell turn back into a regular boy? I recommend this book to my reluctant readers, and more often than not, they come back excited about what a good book it was!

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz – This is another one of those books I can’t keep on my shelf. Kids love these stories, and also his Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkThey are constantly checked out of my library.

Scream Street by Tommy Donbavand – Admittedly, I have not read these books yet, but I have the entire set in the library. I haven’t seen a single one on a shelf since they came in, so I assume they are a hit!

 

What are your favorite books for Halloween and Thanksgiving?

Share with me at emmak@bfischool.org

 

Book Collections for all Grades

Written by EmmaK. Posted in ES Library

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Did you know that our ES Library has an extensive range of books from series?

There are many parents who are always looking for books for their kids to read. Children’s books that come in a series are superb for many reasons. One of the reasons is that once kids read the first book in the series and like it, there are instantly more books from the rest of the series that they’ll want to read! Another reason is that it is easier to develop more complex characters and plots which help capture kids’ attention and interest and make them want to read more.

There are basically two types of book series. The first type involves sequential books with connecting plots that happen chronologically. These types of books are meant to be read in order beginning from book one. The second type, on the other hand, does not involve sequential plots. The characters and setting might be the same in all the books, but each book can be read independently and in any order.

We’re no strangers to book series. There have been numerous series to capture our hearts: The Chronicles of NarniaHarry PotterThe Wizard of OzAnne of Green Gables, Nancy Drew. These are all available in our ES Library as well as modern classics like The Magic Tree House, Judy Moody, Nate the Great.  We also have another category of serialized books. These are the books that you spent many weekend hours trying to collect, searching for that one you were missing, hoping to finish a complete set.

These books don’t need to be read in a specified order. They are numbered, but only to hook us collectors and make us feel incomplete if the books on our shelf don’t follow the perfect sequence!  Each title is a new adventure with familiar characters and they create a certain kind of charm that we still can’t resist.  In our Library we have a great range of these collections too:  Geronimo Stilton, Beast Quest, Horrible Histories, Rainbow Magic and many more.

Come visit our ES Library and ask our Librarian which series is the best one for your child.

Roald Dahl: Celebrating 100 Years

Written by EmmaK. Posted in ES Library

 

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James and the Giant PeachCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryFantastic Mr. Fox, do any of these sound at all familiar to you? If so, you may unknowingly be a fan of the fantastic and creative Roald Dahl. In our ES Library, we have a dedicated cart which celebrates this creative master and all of the work he’s done bringing stories of fiction and wonder to children everywhere.

Please come and see our Roald Dahl collection.  You can check out an old favorite or maybe find a Roald Dahl you’ve never read before.

If you have Roald Dahl books at home which you would like to donate to our collection, please bring them along.

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl

 

 

BFIS Library Catalog

Written by EmmaK. Posted in ES Library

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Did you know that you can access our library catalog from your own personal device? 

Just open the BFIS webpage, go to the drop down menu for Learning and choose LIBRARY.  On this page, you will see the link to the BFIS Library catalog, OPEN DESTINY, on the right hand side.  Click on the link and it will take you to our catalog.  Here you can do your own searches and create holds for any book in our catalog.  If you are looking for a particular book, send me an email and I will do my best to find it for you.

Here are some other links that you might also find useful:

 

BFIS Library Website: http://bfislibrary.wikispaces.com/

BFIS Library Catalog: https://bfis.follettdestiny.com/

BFIS Library Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bfislibrary

 

Thank you!

Emma Kerr

BFIS Elementary School Librarian

emmak@bfischool.org

Welcome to the ES Library

Written by EmmaK. Posted in ES Library

 

Dear BFIS Community,

Welcome to the Elementary Library!

It is with great pleasure that I would like to introduce myself to you as our new BFIS Elementary Librarian.  I am very excited to work with all of you in the year ahead.  Many of you might know me from my position as an Elementary teacher at BFIS.  I have worked in the classroom here at BFIS for the last eleven years.  I am now looking forward to taking all my classroom experience into my new job in our ES Library.  My goal is to build a bridge between the classroom and the library by creating a more supportive connection with our literacy program.  I will be working with individual teachers as well as our Literacy Coaches to put in place a curriculum that will support and augment what your child is learning in the classroom.

Reading is a window to the world.

As well as aligning my literacy goals with Common Core,  I will also be following the standards outlined by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL),    Standards for the 21st Century LearnerReading is a foundational skill for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment. The degree to which students can read and understand text in all formats (e.g., picture, video, print) and all contexts is a key indicator of success in school and in life.

As a lifelong learning skill, reading goes beyond decoding and comprehension to interpretation and development of new understandings.  To become independent learners, students must gain not only the skills but also the disposition to use those skills, along with an understanding of their own responsibilities and self-assessment strategies. Combined, these elements build a learner who can thrive in a complex information environment.  It will be my job to support classroom teachers in all these areas as they strive towards helping your child achieve their literacy success.

Thank you!

Emma Kerr

BFIS Elementary School Librarian

emmak@bfischool.org